Tuesday, 17 September, 2019

Tesla claims Laguna Seca lap record, but what's under the hood?

Elon Musk Backtracks Model S 'Ring Run After Nurburgring Officials Say, “Tesla, Who?” Tesla claims one track record, plans to go for another
Russell Knight | 12 September, 2019, 15:36

Prompted to speak on his Nurburgring comments after Musk stated that a Model S set the quickest time for a four-door sedan around California's Laguna Seca racetrack, Musk then said, "Model S is already there" in the first tweet, but followed up with, "But we probably won't try for best lap time this week, as we need to review & tune Model S thoroughly for safety on Nürburgring, especially Flugplatz section". Musk said video of the new lap, which will reveal the official time, will be posted soon. It'll be interesting to see whether the Model S used for the record lap was completely stock in order to fully qualify for the title of the fastest production four-door vehicle or it went through some changes to shave off a few seconds from the lap time. And well, the location too, give or take 9,000 km.

That claim of a one-second margin appears to refer to the Laguna Seca lap time held by a Jaguar XE SV Project 8, which clocked a time of one minute 37.54 seconds, CNet reported.

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This could mean that a future "Plaid" Model S could slot in between the current Ludicrous model and the more expensive Taycan Turbo, but for now, it remains to be seen how the Model S will fare when Tesla is ready for a speedrun attempt at the Nürburgring. This is a full second faster than the 1:37.54 lap record set previous year by Jaguar XE SV Project 8, which would indeed make the Tesla the fastest four-door sedan (electric or otherwise) around the 2.2-mile race track (3.5-km). It will be available on the Model S, Model X and all-new Roadster. Apparently, it's a "chassis prototype" fitted with their new "Plaid" powertrain, which will sit above the existing 100D with the Ludicrous mode in the model's range. Upgraded brakes and new suspension settings are also present, while our spies, who spotted the vehicle again today doing its first laps, told us that the auto was fitted with a roll cage as well (obviously, for safety reasons).

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